It is one of the most recognised sounds in Jewish life. And, whether dedicated shul-goers or three-times-a-year types, we all stand to attention when we hear it. I am talking, of course, of the sound - so familiar at this time of year - of a very special animal horn, the shofar.
On a hot summer's day at the end of August, I climbed mount Hohliecht. I was on holiday in Switzerland with family and friends. Rising 2,168 metres above sea level, it took four of us more than three hours until we could even see the summit. As we neared the peak, I remember being very focused on my breathing.
Allow me to introduce you to Rosie (not her real name). Rosie is a funny and engaging young woman whose favourite food is macaroni cheese. Interacting with Rosie can prove challenging as she has learning difficulties and is limited in her verbal communication.
When we think of traditional Jewish cuisine, what normally comes to mind is gefilte fish and chicken soup. But if we look at the Bible, we see a far broader range of creatures that feature on the menu. Chickens don't appear in the Bible at all - they hadn't yet been brought over from India - but a host of other species are described as being kosher.
Terror is becoming a daily news item. In the past year we have seen major attacks in Belgium, France, Iraq, Syria, Turkey and the USA. There have been many smaller attacks in countless other countries.